The BIC Technical Characteristics Database (TCD) allows shippers to obtain container characteristics by using the container’s operational number. The focus has been on container tare weight for method 2 of the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declarations, thereby enabling shippers to access this information more easily.
Shippers from all over the world are now confronted with extra surcharges, longer lead times and changed cut-off times imposed by other stakeholders in the maritime supply chain. These charges are applied without any sensible explanation and regardless of shippers being compliant before or since July 1st or being not compliant at all.
By making the commitments recently offered by several container carriers legally binding, the European Commission has failed to take a global approach to a global issue.
After pressure from Member States the Commission has decided on July 5, 2016, to use the mixed agreement to ratify the trade deal between the EU and Canada, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This means that the approval of national parliaments is necessary.
During the TEN-T Days conference in Rotterdam on June 21, 2016, transport ministers of eight EU countries located along the Orient/East-Med Corridor have signed a declaration for an action plan on rail freight transport. They aim to remove bottlenecks and enhance the efficiency of rail transport between their countries.
On Thursday 23 June, 2016, the British population voted to leave the EU in a referendum. How does this affect European shippers?
Inland Navigation Europe (INE), an European platform of national and regional waterway managers and organizations, has published its annual report which discusses waterway transport.